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Bakewell Town 1 2 Whaley Bridge
Written by Luque   
Wednesday, 17 October 2018 07:56


Derbyshire Divisional Cup North First Round


Whaley rested a couple of players and moveD things around a little bit with centre half Bill Sutton up front and getting some playing time into Jack Gregory & Jake Drayson. The visitors were in fact the dominant force in the first half, playing some attractive possession football against a very strong wind, mounting attack after attack so much so that the game should have been over in the first 20 minutes. Glorious chances fell to O’Donnell, Sutton & Leadbetter but all missed the target by inches from close range.

Sutton eventually broke the deadlock when Drayson played O’Donnell in to provide the cross for Sutton to head into the corner past a stubborn Skidmore in goal. O’Donnell & Leadbetter caused havoc upfront and stretched Bakewell’s three centre half’s all over the place but the final cross/pass wasn’t good enough to create clear chances to improve Whaley’s goal tally. Clear again and coming in from the left Leadbetter had his first attempt saved by Skidmore but made sure by smashing the rebound in with his right to make it 2. Whaley went on to hit the bar and post but were possibly guilty of being too casual in front of goal as the game should have been concluded before half time. Bakewell rarely penetrated Whaley’s final third apart from a powerful cross from Surlice which fortunately no one could get on the end of. Gregory, Toseland, Gemmell defended responsibly orchestrated by the very much in form Jamie Kay.

Whaley had the wind with them second half and in the first 5 minutes O’Donnell had two tap ins if only he had reacted quicker and gambled, the youngster could and possibly should have walked off with a hatrick today! Soon after Leadbetter met a cross from O’Donnell but volleyed just over. Inexplicably the visitors stopped playing and resorted to the long game losing possession all too often and allowed Bakewell into the game; they huffed and puffed and Tattersall was eventually tested but stood up to a shot on the edge of the box. With the game dying a death a late backward header gave Bakewell a lifeline when Surlice got on the end of it to shoot past Tattersall. With 5 minutes remaining Bakewell fired some aerial balls into Whaley’s box to no avail.

A very good first half performance from Whaley was followed by a disappointing second half; the visitors have to concentrate, keep the ball without giving it away cheaply and be more ruthless and alert in front of goal.

Sadly it looks like Matt Brown has become yet another potentially long-term casualty when after getting his foot caught in a huff he looks to have seriously injured his knee - we wish him a speedy recovery.


Tattersall; Gregory; Toseland; Kay; Gemmell; Drayson; Broome; Gilbride; Leadbetter (1); O’Donnell; Sutton (1)

Brown (60); Dwolitka (75); Bailey (calendar boy 88)

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